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Sydney’s top 10 most delicious dishes

Gone are the days when formal fine dining and degustation menus to match. This year, Sydneysiders are craving an honest meal and a bunch of friends to share it with. We’ve seen the rise of communal share plates, bistro dining and dude food, and it’s been a tasty ride. Read on for our picks of 2012’s most memorable dishes.

1.     Raw wagyu shoulder, grilled enoki mushrooms with fresh horesradish and soft pickled chilli

The Asian-European menu at The Bridge Room is cushioned somewhere between fine dining and bistro and Ross’ version of a modern interpretation of beef carpaccio is its perfect representative.

Ross Lusted, The Bridge Room, Sydney CBD

Raw wagyu shoulder, grilled enoki mushrooms with fresh horesradish and soft pickled chilli

Raw wagyu shoulder and grilled enoki mushrooms

2.     Wood roasted Moran family lamb

My best food memories involve a simple, laid-back meal with friends. The quality of Matt’s wood roasted lamb speaks for itself and I love the concept that everyone just digs in and helps themselves.

Matt Moran, Chiswick, Woollahra

Wood roasted Moran family lamb

Wood roasted Moran family lamb

3.     Split sashimi scampi with chilli, micro leaves and sea salt flakes

If you’re squeamish about oysters, steer clear of this dish. Generous hunks of scampi arrive swimming in extra virgin olive oil and scattered with slices of hot chilli, micro leaves and sea salt flakes. This dish is a textural treat.

Sean Connolly, The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, Sydney CBD

split sashimi scampi with chilli, micro leaves and sea salt flakes

Split sashimi scampi with chilli, micro leaves and sea salt flakes

 4.     Salad of slow roast pork belly, prawns, pomelo and jellyfish with nuoc mam

China Lane is all about sharing dishes that boast an abundance of fresh, Asian flavours. This dish puts all other salads to shame with its perfectly balanced salty, sweet, sour and bitter flavours.

Ben Haywood, China Lane, Angel Place

Slow roast pork belly, prawns, pomelo and jellyfish with nuoc mam

Slow roast pork belly, prawns, pomelo and jellyfish with nuoc mam

5. Moreton Bay Bug with burnt butter mayo, passion fruit jelly, vegemite croutons

I’m not one to be influenced by the media but there was a reason Chase’s Moreton Bay bug with vegemite croutons made headlines. The texture combinations of this dish –  the sweet jelly, fresh Moreton Bay Bug sashimi, crunchy salty croutons and thick mayo – work in absolute harmony.

Chase Kojima, Sokyo, The Star, Pyrmont

Moreton Bay Bug with burnt butter mayo, passion fruit jelly, vegemite croutons

Moreton Bay Bug with burnt butter mayo, passion fruit jelly, vegemite croutons

6.     Caramelized banana with banoffee mousse, peanut brittle and vanilla ice cream

This dish embodies what I imagine is the Shangri-La philosophy – luxury and decadence. The crunchy shards of peanut brittle and the texture of the banana work harmoniously with the sweet-as-banoffee-pie mousse and vanilla ice cream. If you’re partial to caramel, then this is a must-order.

Steven Krasicki, Altitude Restaurant, Shangri-La

Deconstructed banoffee pie

Deconstructed banoffee pie

7.     Tamarind and molasses glazed Blackmore Wagyu beef brisket, beetroot and horseradish

Sydney dining at its best – sit on the edge of the water, looking straight at the iconic Opera House, and tuck into this rich dish of glazed Wagyu beef brisket. Make sure you come with an appetite.

Andrew McKee, The Dining Room at Park Hyatt Sydney

Tamarind and molasses glazed Blackmore Wagyu beef brisket, beetroot and horseradish

Tamarind and molasses glazed Blackmore Wagyu beef brisket

8.     Seared scallop and ocean trout tartare with amazu ponzu and white truffle oil

Japanese cuisine is renowned for its subtle flavours and this dish is a stunning representation of what happens when Japanese technique is paired with Australian produce.

Adam Lane, The Alibi, Darlinghurst

Seared scallop and ocean trout tartare with amazu ponzu and white truffle oil

Seared scallop and ocean trout tartare with amazu ponzu and white truffle oil

9.     Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna, Beetroot, Witlof & Radish 

A glammed-up version of fish ‘n chips, this grilled yellow fin tuna tastes as though it has jumped straight from the ocean below your feet and onto the plate. Order a bowl of shoestring chips, it is true blue comfort food.

Steven Skelly, The Sailors Club, Rose Bay

Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna, Beetroot, Witlof & Radish

Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna, Beetroot, Witlof & Radish

 10. Petuna ocean trout with shaved radish, celery, endive and citrus emulsion

Perched 47 floors high, at the top of the Harry Seidler designed Australia Square, take a seat at the rotating restaurant, O Bar and Dining. The menu here is simple and healthy but still tasty. Our pick is this colourful ocean trout sashimi with radish.

Michael Moore, O Bar and Dining, Sydney CBD

Petuna ocean trout with shaved radish, celery, endive and citrus emulsion

Petuna ocean trout with shaved radish, celery, endive and citrus emulsion

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Sydney’s best private dining rooms

Looking for a venue to host a special event? Here’s our top picks in Sydney.

Altitude

A first class dining experience from the dizzy heights of the Shangri-La’s 36th floor. Altitude overlooks Sydney’s most iconic attractions – the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Harbour.

Holds: 18

Altitude at Shangri-La Sydney

Altitude at Shangri-La Sydney

ARIA

ARIA offers private dining experiences that encapsulate Sydney’s picture-perfect lifestyle with its stunning views of Sydney Harbour, an innovative and contemporary menu, extensive wine list and seamless service. The brainchild of celebrity chef Matt Moran and business partner Peter Sullivan.

Holds: 60-120

Bathers’ Pavilion

At Bathers’ Pavilion, guests enjoy stunning views of Balmoral Beach in a dining room with silver-lined walls that bring the glow of the light on the ocean indoors. Come for the sophisticated seasonal menu, rare wines and digestives; stay for the view.

Holds: 102

Bells at Killcare

Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is a luxury coastal retreat that’s home to hatted Italian restaurant, Manfredi’s. Guests will dine on dishes thoughtfully prepared with estate-grown produce and locally harvested meat and seafood, while taking in views of the property’s expansive manicured gardens.

Holds: 70

Guillaume at Bennelong

Guillaume restaurant at Bennelong is nestled beneath the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, commanding unique views of Sydney Harbour. A number of private dining spaces are available, but all offer exquisite French cuisine, fine wine and impeccable service.

Holds: 60

Biota

Not quite Sydney, but well worth the hour and half drive to Bowral. The innovative restaurant supports local farmers and growers, with fine artisan produce transformed into exceptional dishes that are curated to showcase the beauty of the natural world.

Holds: 55

Biota Dining

Biota Dining

Bistro Lilly

With its prestigious Observatory Tower location and traditional French cuisine, Bistro Lilly offers a warm, intimate dining experience at the heart of The Rocks.

Holds: 25

Café Opera

Sydney Intercontinental’s beautiful 1851 Treasury Building is home to Cafe Opera, famous for its market-fresh buffet and refined a la carte menu. The hotel’s beautifully styled private dining areas offer the ultimate luxury experience.

Holds: 30

Cafe Opera at InterContinental Sydney

Cafe Opera at InterContinental Sydney

Café Sydney

With its view of the Harbour Bridge from the rooftop of Customs House, Cafe Sydney offers diners the chance to experience the essence of the Harbour City. The restaurant is a regular haunt for business people and beautiful people, who flock in for the views, the fresh food and the great wines on offer.

Holds: 14

Flying Fish

Flying Fish restaurant holds court at the end of a heritage-listed wharf, with a unique view to the Harbour Bridge through the industrial docklands of Pyrmont. It offers diners seclusion, style and a menu brimming with delicious seafood.

Holds: 30

Public Dining Room

Public Dining Room offers the ultimate beachside dining experience with views that stretch from Balmoral to Manly and beyond. The restaurant has perfected the art of casual fine dining, with a sophisticated and summery Mediterranean menu.

Holds: 30-110

Ripples at Chowder Bay

Ripples at Chowder Bay is one of Sydney’s most picturesque venues, overlooking Chowder Bay at Mosman. The historical site boasts chic interior styling and the meals on the Modern Australian menu are executed with an Italian twist.

Holds: 100

Sake

Whether you’d like to wrap your lips around one of the most exclusive (and extensive) ranges of sake in Sydney or spectacular hot and cold Japanese fare by master chef Shaun Presland (of Sushi e, Teppanyaki and Nobu fame), private dining at Saké Restaurant and Bar in The Rocks is guaranteed to be a meal like no other.

Holds: 30

O Bar and Dining

Perched 47 floors above the city, O Bar and Dining is one of Sydney’s most spectacular culinary experiences. The private dining room, Salon Prive, showcases breathtaking 360 degree views of Sydney Harbour and beyond, while bespoke menus and dedicated wait staff add another element of luxury.

Holds: 28

O Bar and Dining

O Bar and Dining

Toko

About: Squeezed in among the eateries that line the Surry Hills strip, Toko Restaurant and Bar brings a splash of urban sophistication to traditional Japanese fare. The izakaya offers a melange of small dishes to share, complemented by a sterling sake list.

Holds: 12 to 20

Wildfire

Located in the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Wildfire’s views of the Harbour are spectacular but the decor of the restaurant is just as impressive. The private dining room is encased in glass, with a birds eye view of the main restaurant and the Harbour.

Holds: 45

Marque

Marque, the Surry Hills icon owned by one of Australia’s best loved chefs, Mark Best, also offers private dining rooms for its guests. Expect the wondrous French-inspired constructions that earn Marque its Chef Hats and a wine list that will please even the most discerning diner.

Holds: 14

Balla at The Star

Balla has fast become the “it” Italian dining destination for Sydney’s beautiful people. Its main dining room and private dining areas are fitted out with the swankiest decor but the star of the show is the restaurant’s spectacular harbour view.

Holds: 25

Balla at The Star

Balla at The Star

 

Otto Ristorante

At Otto Ristorante, the famous Otto’s experience involves a spectacular view of the city skyline, a modern Italian feast and being waited on by tuxedo’d staff. Enjoy all these elements in private with the exclusive use of an intimate 100-year old wool lift that’s suspended above the restaurant.

Holds: 8-14

 

Rockpool Bar & Grill

One of Sydney’s most impressive restaurants, dining at Rockpool Bar & Grill is even more spectacular when enjoying its meals in a completely private dining room. The restaurant is famous for its meat, but the menu ventures into seafood in spectacular style.

Holds: 6-50

 

Black by Ezard 

Located in The Star, Black by Ezard is a Modern Australian steak and seafood restaurant with an encyclopaedic wine list and million dollar views of Sydney Harbour. Visit if you’re after a cut of meat beyond grass-fed angus and nine-plus wagyu or if you’re looking for a celebrity dining experience – Black’s private dining rooms have their own entrances.

Holds: BLACK by Ezard features two stunning and intimate private dining rooms seating 10 and 16 people.

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Ban the “S” word because oh-my, O Bar and Dining is here.

What was once the famed Summit Restaurant (oops – I said it) is now the beautifully re-modelled O Bar and Dining. Internationally renowned chef and owner Michael Moore is the driving force behind the venture, which has been re-designed with simple, plush interiors and a stylish palette of chocolate browns, silvers and black. What hasn’t changed, however, is the famous 360 view, which captures the glamour and excitement of our beautiful city.

Salon Privé by Champagne Taittinger – an exclusive private dining room – is the one aspect of Summit that remains.

On Wednesday night, the Best Restaurant team headed to the iconic Harry Seidler-designed Australia Square to celebrate the launch this stunning space. It was indeed a star-studded affair with Kerri Anne Kennerley, Kurt Pengilly, Jane Flemming and Layne Beachley joining in the celebrations. Chef Moore briefly chatted to the vivacious crowd, thanking his family and warning the crowd that anybody who uses the word “Summit” is banned from the premises.

Michael Moore is the driving force behind the creative evolution of this Sydney icon

As the crowd explored the new O Bar space, including an incredible revolving outer floor, guests were introduced to a range of dishes from the Moore’s revamped menu. Drawing inspiration from the healthy eating philosophy from Moore’s latest cookbook Blood Sugar ($45), guests sampled sesame crusted salmon tataki with quinoa salad, beef capaccio with house mustard and sprouts and a selection of crisp corn tacos.

Read more about O Bar and Dining here

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